Thirteen essays on the 2012 US election
October 21, 2012 9:20 PM   Subscribe

Looking for a break from horse-race coverage of the 2012 election? The New York Review of Books has thirteen short essays on the election and its consequences. Michael Tomasky. Elizabeth Drew. Cass Sunstein. Frank Rich. David Cole. Richard Dworkin. Russell Baker. Darryl Pinckney. David Bromwich. Kwame Anthony Appiah. Steven Weinberg. Garry Wills. Jeffrey Sachs. Plus a blog post by Christopher Benfey: The Empty Chair That Keeps Me Awake at Night.
posted by russilwvong (4 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Horse shot.
posted by Mblue at 9:37 PM on October 21, 2012

So now the party line is: "Be afraid, very afraid."

Sounds more and more like "inverted totalitarianism" to me.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 11:48 PM on October 21, 2012

All written by people doing just fine, thankyouverymuch.
posted by Ideefixe at 7:30 AM on October 22, 2012

this essays seem pretty horse-racey to me, and then there's Ronald "Fuck Yeah, Torture" Dworkin and Cass "Let's Cost/Benefit Test All the Regulations" Sunstein wagging their fingers at the left about a Romney appointed court.

I'm just clicking randomly, but do any of these talk about the actual problems with say, our superannuated national security state or hollowed out economy? What's been most demoralizing about the "debates" is how completely out of touch both the candidates and the commentators seem to be about the real world.
posted by at 9:05 AM on October 22, 2012

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